Track and Field

Wealth of Champions Return to NYRR Wanamaker Mile

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NEW YORK CITY -- Eight-time champion Bernard Lagat and defending champion Mary Cainwill star in the NYRR Wanamaker Mile at the 108th NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, Feb. 14, it was announced Monday

The NYRR Millrose Games, part of the USATF Championship Series, will be presented live on NBCSN from 6-8 p.m. ET, featuring the NYRR Wanamaker Miles, the girls’ NYRR Fastest Kid on the Block, and more. Fans can also catch the excitement on the live webcast all day beginning at 2 p.m. EST onUSATF.tv.

Lagat will chase his ninth event victory and the masters indoor world record of 3:58.15 against defending champion Will Leerand 2012 champion Matthew Centrowitz. Cain, racing in front of her hometown crowd, will face three of her teammates—Shannon Rowbury, Treniere Moser, and Jordan Hasay—in an attempt to become the first woman since 2009 to win back-to-back NYRR Millrose Games titles at the distance.

Team USA Breaks Men’s DMR World Record at Armory Track Invitational

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NEW YORK -- Utilizing a tremendous opening leg by Olympian Matt Centrowitz, Team USA shattered the previous men’s distance medley relay world record at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory on Saturday. The first stop of the USATF Championship Series, the Armory Track Invitational kicked off the 2015 professional indoor track & field season.

Centrowitz, along with Oregon standout Mike Berry, USATF Indoor Champion Erik Sowinski, and American 4x1500m record holder Pat Casey, knocked over six seconds off the previous record, set by the University of Texas in 2008 (9:25.97). The quartet crossed the finish in 9:19.93. Watch Team USA’s world record on USATF.tv here.

United States bids for 2019 IAAF World Outdoor Championships

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INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field and TrackTown USA this week officially submitted a bid for the 2019 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships, proposing Eugene, Oregon, as the host for the sport’s largest and most prestigious stand-alone event.

The IAAF World Championships – a biennial nine-day competition featuring the world’s finest track and field athletes – will be the largest sporting event in the world in 2019, with nearly 2,000 participants representing more than 200 countries. The IAAF’s crown jewel has never been held in the U.S., dating back to the inaugural meet contested in Helsinki, Finland in 1983. The 2015 IAAF World Championships will be held in Beijing, and the 2017 edition is set for London.

The bid is the next step in an active two years for USATF and TrackTown USA on the international level.  On the competitions front, TrackTown USA served as local organizing committee (LOC) for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships at historic Hayward Field last summer, the first time ever on U.S. soil, and will be the LOC for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. Away from the track, USATF in June hosted the IAAF Council meeting and earlier this year hosted the North American, Central American and Caribbean Women’s Conference in Miami.

Day six report: Williams and Martinez set championship records – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

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Championship records from US hurdler Kendell Williams and Cuban triple jumper Lazaro Martinez provided the highlights of the final day of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014 on Sunday (27).

Williams overhauled her compatriot Dior Hall off the last barrier of a thrilling race to win the 100m hurdles in a championship record of 12.89, equalling the fifth-fastest junior time ever and just 0.05 away from the world junior record of 12.84, which has been on the books since 1987 in the name of Cuba’s Aliuska Lopez.

Hall had a superb start and led for nine of the 10 hurdles but had to settle for second, albeit in a PB of 12.92.

Martinez, amazingly still only 16 but already a seasoned veteran in some respects after three appearances in the IAAF Diamond League this summer, confirmed his pre-competition status as the favourite and reinforced his country’s excellence in the triple jump.

Day five report: Friday helps make Saturday special for the USA – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

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Triumph and tragedy has seemed to accompany the USA senior 4x100m teams in equal amounts in recent years but their junior counterparts showed their elders how to slickly pass the baton with two superb wins at the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014 on Saturday (26).

The men take pride of place by virtue of crossing the line in 38.70, the third-fastest junior performance in history, only bettered by their compatriots at the 2004 and 2012 championships.

Jalen Miller produced a sold first leg and handed off to 100m silver medallist Trayvon Bromell, who ran a terrific back straight to give the USA the edge over an inspired Japan.

Kendal Williams, the 100m winner, had a slightly ragged bend but still handed over in the lead to 200m gold medallist Trentavis Friday who showed he could shine on Saturday as well after his feats the preceding night with a storming last leg that took his team clear of their Japanese rivals.